Bowen Scholarships Help African-American Students Graduate

13 Dec

By Erica Leipus

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The Bowen Scholarship is sponsored by The Bowen Foundation, with the goal of helping to provide the same educational opportunities to everyone, regardless of race orfinancial standing. The Bowen Scholarship is available to African-American students who have a high school diploma or GED and who attend or plan to attend Ivy Tech, MedTech College, J. Everett Light Career Center, or Vincennes University.

To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must have a high school GPA of 2.0 or hold an earned GED certificate; preference is given to residents of Marion County. The scholarship is available for a maximum of 70 credit hours or thecompletion of an associate degree or certificate, whichever comes first.

“We are expecting to graduate eight of our 25 Bowen Scholars by August 2012, with the rest of the scholars persisting towards graduation sometime in the future,” Cheri Bush, Nina and Bowen Scholars Manager, said.

Application deadlines are June 1 for Fall semester and November 1 for Spring semester at Ivy Tech and Vincennes University. Students wishing to attend MedTech or J. Everett Light Career Center wilneed to check with those universities as the application deadlines differ from Ivy Tech. Like the Nina Scholars program, all applicants for The Bowen Scholarship must also first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before applying.

For more information on the Bowen Scholarship, check out www.ivytech.edu/financial-aid/scholarships.html or www.bowenfoundationinc.org. You can also stop by the Nina and Bowen Scholars office at NMC 511 or call 317-921-4617 for information on either program.

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